Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Canada's New Prime Minister

Lest any of us think that Reuter's left-wing leanings stop at our northern border, I have this little sample from a "news" story about the election of Canada's first Conservative prime minister in 12 years:
"Harper, who also wants to calm fractious ties with Washington, has nowhere near the 155 seats he needs to control a 308-seat Parliament where his party has no natural allies.

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'Canadians did not endorse neoconservatism when they elected him last night,' the Globe and Mail said in an editorial. 'They voted against a Liberal Party that had become smug and arrogant.'

Harper, the first prime minister from the powerful oil-rich western province of Alberta in 25 years, was due to return to Ottawa on Tuesday and to meet Martin soon to decide when power would formally change hands -- a date Conservative officials said was likely to be in two or three weeks' time."

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